Every sports event has its own dangers. You can get concussions from playing rugby. You are at risk of getting ankle sprains from playing basketball. You can suffer from stress fracture because of running.
Just like these sports, hammer throwing can be a dangerous activity; especially if you haven’t prepared enough safety measures prior to engaging in the said sport. The mere idea of being hit by a heavy object weighing 16 pounds thrown by strong athletes as far as they can, using the fullest strength and force they can muster, can be extremely frightening.
The only possible major danger of hammer throwing is being hit by the hammer. Here are some tips on how to potentially prevent it from happening:
You don’t even have to actually play hammer throwing to be at the danger of getting hit. Everyone in the venue walking around the throwing field during a hammer throwing event or practice may be hit. To avoid this, you must refrain from entering the field if you’re aware that there are hammer throwing games or practices taking place. Be vigilant in the field at all times. If you are assigned to pick up the hammers or implements after every game or practice, you should wait for every contestant and everyone included in the practice to complete the throw of each of their hammers instead of going in the field retrieving the hammers one by one, after every throw.
In addition, it’s not just the people around the thrower that must be vigilant and careful. The hammer thrower should also be alert at all times and must ensure that the area is clear before throwing.
The cage should be regularly checked and properly maintained at all times. The C-shaped cage was designed to protect the audience, athletes, officials, and pretty much everyone else watching the hammer throwing.
Having all the equipment checked, aside from the cage, is also imperative in ensuring safety in hammer throw. Making sure that the hammer wire is properly intact, double-checking that the thrower is wearing proper throwing shoes, and confirming that appropriate throwing gloves are worn by the throwers, will go a long way in minimising the risks of accidents occurring during hammer throwing.
In spite of all the dangers performing hammer throwing may pose, adults and even students in high school express their support and love for the sport. Hammer throwing is still being practiced in numerous high schools, universities, sports competitions, as well as in the Olympics.
Preparing adequate safety measures is always critical, not only in hammer throwing, but in every sport as well.